Cornyn calls for hearing on release of criminal immigrants

Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) demanded that a Senate hearing be held on reports that immigrants were released despite having violent criminal backgrounds.

“Today’s revelations indicate the Obama administration released dangerous criminals into society and then misled Congress and the American people about it,” Cornyn said Thursday. “I would urge Democrat leaders in the Senate to waste no time in convening a hearing to get to the bottom of this deception.”

{mosads}Cornyn’s request of the Senate Judiciary Committee came after reports that the administration misled members of Congress by telling them Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) released only some immigrants with minor criminal histories.

The report showed that last year immigrants facing violent criminal charges, such as sexual assault and kidnapping, were released from ICE custody into the United States. 

Lawmakers don’t return from midterm election campaigning until Nov. 12.

Republicans have criticized President Obama’s executive orders on immigration, saying he has overreached his legal powers to give some amnesty.

“Time and again this administration has demonstrated it believes it is above the law — a mindset that’s been inherited from the top down,” said Cornyn, who serves as ranking member of the Judiciary subcommittee on Immigration, Refugees and Border Security.

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